Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Cats vs. Dogs

The love owners have for their pets transcend death as documented by studies revealing that between 12% and 27% of pet owners include their pets in their wills. The popular media frequently reports cases which involve pet owners who have a strong desire to care for their beloved companions.  You may follow these links for a FAQs, state statutes, and sample forms.

A recent survey of matrimonial lawyers revealed that when pet custody issues arise upon divorce, dogs are involved over 90% of the time while cats are disputed in only about 5% of the cases.  Reported in Hearsay, Trial, Jan. 2007, at 88.

I wonder whether the same statistics hold up with regard to will and trust provisions.


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